Virus latest: Berlin shuts down until after Easter

Virus latest: Berlin shuts down until after Easter


norman lebrecht

March 11, 2020

All large concert halls, opera houses and theatres in Berlin have been shut until April 19 – a week after Easter – on the order of the city’s culture senator, Klaus Lederer.

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden has put out this statement:

With the aim of inhibiting the dynamic spread of the corona virus, Dr. Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture, announced today that all the planned events in the public theatres, operas and concert halls with a capacity of over 500 people can no longer take place from tomorrow the 11th March until the 19th April 2020.
We therefore regret to inform you that due to this, the performances of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden must be cancelled during the above-mentioned period.
Already purchased tickets will of course be refunded. We will inform our visitors about the modalities tomorrow by e-mail and on our website. We kindly ask for your understanding!
A decision on the possibility of an alternative digital programme and events in the smaller venues will be made in the next few days.
Stay safe and healthy! We hope to see you soon.

Mit dem Ziel, die dynamische Verbreitung des Corona-Virus zu hemmen, hat der Kultursenator Dr. Klaus Lederer entschieden, dass in den staatlichen Theatern, Opern und Konzerthäusern die geplanten Veranstaltungen in den Großen Sälen ab morgen, dem 11. März bis einschließlich zum 19. April 2020 nicht mehr stattfinden.
Wir bitten daher um Euer Verständnis, dass gemäß dem Beschluss der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa alle Vorstellungen der Staatsoper Unter den Linden im oben genannten Zeitraum abgesagt werden müssen.
Bereits gekaufte Tickets werden selbstverständlich zurückerstattet. Über die Modalitäten informieren wir unsere Besucherinnen und Besucher morgen per E-Mail und auf unserer Website.
Eine Entscheidung über die Möglichkeit eines digitalen Alternativprogramms sowie Veranstaltungen in den kleineren Spielstätten wird in den nächsten Tagen getroffen.
Bleibt gesund!

There has been no announcement yet from the Philharmonie or other houses. UPDATE: They confirmed 18 hours later.

Following the announcement yesterday by Dr. Klaus Lederer, Berlin Senator for Culture and Europe, to cancel all events in venues with more than 500 seats from 11 March to 19 April 2020, the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation will close both halls of the Philharmonie (main auditorium and Chamber Music Hall) with immediate effect.

In addition to the events of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, all guest events in both venues are affected. The daily guided tours of the Philharmonie and the free lunch concerts will also no longer take place until 19 April.

The Komische Oper writes:

With the aim of inhibiting the dynamic spread of the Corona virus, the Cultural Senator has decided that in state theatres, operas and concert houses, the planned events starting tomorrow, March 11., until the end of the Easter holidays, so until the April 19., 2020, no longer taking place. All information about the refund already purchased tickets from the Komische Oper Berlin can be found in detail on our website tomorrow and we will also inform you via email or messenger. Thank you for your understanding


  • Emrla says:

    The Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall website says that the concert with Simon Rattle will be broadcast on March 12 without an audience